Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael Talks New Toys, Availability, Possible Price Points, Pre-Order Dates, Comic-Con, MondoCon, and Much More

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Mondo is a company with a magic touch in the sense that all the great work they do sends fans into a frenzy.  Their limited edition posters sell out in minutes.  Their gallery showings get people lined up for days.  They release vinyl albums for beloved soundtracks.  The company continues to expand, and their latest endeavors are sure to arouse even more passion from fans.  Earlier today, Mondo announced that they will start selling toys starting with figures based on The Iron Giant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Alfred Hitchcock.

Last week, I spoke with Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael about the company’s foray into toys, and he revealed not only details about the individual toys, but also talked about their availability, how much they might cost, when pre-orders might begin, and more.  We also talked about what the company has planned for Comic-Con as well as their first annual convention, MondoCon.  Hit the jump for the highlights and the full interview.

Teresa Palmer Joins POINT BREAK; Emilia Clarke Set for VOICE FROM THE STONE; Anna Kendrick, Albert Brooks, and More Take Voice Roles

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Warm Bodies actress Teresa Palmer is in talks to take on the female lead in the Point Break remake.
  • Fresh off last night’s season four finale, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been tapped to star in the psychological thriller Voice from the Stone.
  • Anna Kendrick will take on the lead voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy Trolls, based on the popular dolls.
  • Albert Brooks is in talks to join Illumination Entertainment’s animated “Untitled Pets Project”, as Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress (Neighbors), and Ellie Kemper (The Office) have all signed on.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Mike Mitchell and Mondo Take on Marvel with Portraits of Wolverine, Spider-Man, Deadpool, and Many More

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Artist Mike Mitchell, Marvel, and Mondo all complement each other rather nicely, don’t you think?  If you’re a fan of any or all of the above mentioned Ms, you’re going to love this new gallery showing.  Mitchell’s superheroic work will be on display for a couple of weeks before (whatever’s left) makes its way to the Mondo website for sale.  Follow their Twitter account for future updates, and check out this newsletter for details on which pieces will be available for sale online at a random time tomorrow.

The Mondo Gallery show opened this past weekend and will continue through May 17 at 4115 Guadalupe Street, Austin TX.  If you can’t make it to Austin to pick up some of Mitchell’s work in person, then keep another eye on Mondo’s website to see when more artwork will be available.  Hit the jump to take a look at the artwork from “Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo” and “Just Like Us.”

Check out Prints from Mike Mitchell’s Upcoming Marvel Show at Mondo

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Mondo has announced “Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo”, which is a gallery of Marvel character portraits by artist Mike Mitchell.  “My love for Marvel Comics was an integral part of growing up. Not just the comics, but the action figures, video games and cartoons. My intention with this show was to take those characters out of their action-oriented world and give them a moment of silence to catch their breath,” said Mitchell in a press release.  “This has easily been the most ambitious project I’ve ever taken on, and it’s due in part to my love for their universe.”

Hit the jump to check out Mitchell’s Marvel prints for Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Black Cat, Bullseye, Luke Cage, and Mysterio.  The show will run from April 25th to May 17th.

CRAZY 4 CULT 2 Book Review

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Artwork based on preexisting material is tricky because great art challenges us rather than comforts us with the familiar.  In recent years, a multitude of artists have come forward to build work based on fandom, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that.  Not every painting and sculpture has to be drawn from landscapes and models, and pulling from popular culture doesn’t necessarily hurt the piece.  Pop Art, one of the most striking artistic movements of the 20th century, partially grew out of comic books.

Where it gets murky in the case of fan-art is how much the artist can show appreciation while still establishing something that’s daring enough to be more than comfort food for movie nerds (and I say this as someone whose apartment is lined with Mondo posters).  Crazy 4 Cult 2 runs the gamut of stunning tributes to lazy mash-ups, and that range makes it a curious and revealing collection.

Comic-Con Poster Preview Including Prints from Mondo, Gallery 1988, and Gallery Nucleus

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With less than 24 hours left before the San Diego Comic-Con officially opens its doors, time is running out to plan out what to see and what to buy.  If limited pop culture art is what you are looking for, then you are going to be in for a treat this year.  With some of my favorite artists like Drew Struzan, Olly Moss, and Mark Englert in attendance, I really have to map out my day to make sure I am able to see them all.  Time is precious at Comic-Con, so I have put together a list to hopefully help you make a battle plan or stop by a booth you might have missed.  Check out what Mondo, Gallery 1988, Gallery Nucleus, and others are going to have for sale and when after the jump.

Over 100 Pictures From Gallery1988′s SPACE! Show Curated By Mike Mitchell

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One year ago, artist Mike Mitchell, had his “Just Like Us” solo show at Gallery 1988.  What started as something fun and readily obtainable quickly snowballed into some highly valuable and sought after art.  Mike has continued to reinvent himself over the past year, and Friday night, he returned to Gallery 1988 with a show he not only participated in, but curated.  With a monster lineup of artists, “SPACE!”, was an extremely impressive show that saw a welcome departure from the normal pop culture fare associated with Mike and some of the other artists involved.  Check out pics of the art and some of my impressions after the jump.

SKY HIGH Director Mike Mitchell to Helm DreamWorks Animation’s TROLLS; Story Tells the Origin of the Dolls’ Colorful Hair

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Though DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls movie was first announced a couple of years ago, we now have some solid information regarding the animated pic.  DreamWorks Animation announced today that Sky High and Shrek Forever After director Mike Mitchell will helm the film, with screenwriter Erica Rivinoja (South Park, Up All Night) handling the screenplay.

The film features the titular dolls that became a phenomenon in the 1960s and again in the 1990s, and is described as “a grand scale musical comedy centering around how the Trolls came into their vibrant and colorful hair.”  An origin story of hair isn’t exactly what I expected when I pictured a Trolls movie, but maybe the slightly ridiculous premise is right in line with the peculiar choice of making a Trolls movie in the first place.  Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.

Limited Paper: Mike Mitchell’s Mondo Gallery Solo Show Introduces New Posters For EVIL DEAD, BACK TO THE FUTURE, HOT FUZZ, BATMAN, More

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Tonight’s the night:  Mike Mitchell’s solo show at the Mondo Gallery is throwing open its doors as we speak, and Limited Paper’s got you covered with a slew of images from inside the Gallery itself.  Wanna see how Mitchell’s 30-some-odd posters have been arranged?  Wanna see which prints we didn’t show you in our preview earlier in the week?  Wanna read our thoughts on Mitchell’s work in comparison to last month’s Stout & Taylor showcase?  Meet us on the other side of the jump, folks, where we’re revealing the first of two sets of badass photos from tonight’s show.

Limited Paper: Mondo’s Mike Mitchell Gallery Show Opens Tomorrow, Check Out a Collection of Preview Images Here

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Tomorrow evening, the folks at the Mondo Gallery will be kicking off their latest one-man showcase, this one a highly-anticipated collection of portraits (the print-count is hovering around thirty, in case you were wondering) created by Poster World superstar Mike Mitchell.  This past week, preview images from that showcase started popping up around the net, and–because Limited Paper loves you very much—we’ve decided to make things convenient for you and present all of these images on one easy-to-gaze-at preview page.  Wanna see Mitchell’s take on Reservoir Dogs, The Thing, Fargo, and more ? Meet me after the jump, folks.

Limited Paper: Mondo Dropping Their Remaining WonderCon Posters Tomorrow, Including New Work From Kevin Tong, Richey Beckett, and Mike Mitchell

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A few weeks back, the Mondo crew traveled to this year’s WonderCon and unleashed a handful of new posters:  a Rear Window print from Kevin Tong, a striking Scarface piece from Mike Mitchell, Richey Beckett’s nightmare-inducing take on Shelob’s Lair from Lord of The Rings, and—last but certainly not least—a new Adventure Time poster from fan-favorite JJ Harrison.  This was all well and good for the thousands of WonderCon attendees, but what about the rest of the Mondo fanbase–would there be any prints left for them?

Turns out that, yes, there are, and tomorrow they’re all going on sale via the Mondo website.  Wanna see what they look like, what they’ll cost you, and how many of them are floating around out there?  Meet me after the jump, folks.

Limited Paper: Gallery Shows in April Include Bottleneck’s WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT, Mondo’s MIKE MITCHELL Show, Spoke Art’s SCORSESE Tribute

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We’re headed into the fourth month of 2013, and so far it seems like there’s been no slowing the pace set by galleries, artists, and fine screenprint retailers everywhere back in 2012:  it’s only two days into April, and already a number of impressive-looking gallery shows (and a Mondo screening in Kansas City) have been announced, including Spoke Art’s Scorsese-themed showcase, Mondo’s Mike Mitchell solo show, and Bottleneck Gallery’s Glow-in-The-Dark orgy, When The Lights Go Out.  Wanna find out when each of these shows will be opening its doors?  Meet me after the jump, folks.

Limited Paper: Mondo Announces Brand New E.T. and JAWS Posters from Mike Mitchell and Laurent Durieux, Craig Drake Does THE THING

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Earlier today, the word started spreading, and soon enough we were all paying attention:  “sometime soon”, a Mondo-related announcement was going to drop via our friends over at Ain’t It Cool News, and…well, and nothing:  that was pretty much all we got by way of a hint.  Mercifully, the wait for AICN’s announcement didn’t last long, and now we all know what the big secret was:  this week, Mondo will drop a Steven Spielberg double-header—a poster based on Jaws (by Laurent Durieux) and another based on E.T. The Extraterrestrial (by Mike Mitchell).

Wanna see these new prints, find out where they’re dropping, when, and what each one’s gonna cost ya?  Meet me on the other side, folks.

Limited Paper: The 20 Best Posters of 2012 Part Two Include Olly Moss, Alexander Iaccarino, Jock, Josh Budich, Craig Drake and Mike Mitchell

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For now, all is quiet in Poster World (“…not a gallery was stirring…”), but the year ain’t over yet, folks!  Is a mind-blower of a poster drop lurking somewhere between now and January 1st?  If so, will it be the poster we’re all hoping it’ll be, or something else entirely (our money’s still on a Martin Ansin Parental Guidance)?   Eh, who knows?  Speculation like this only drives everyone crazy, and after we all just spent a week being driven nuts by our families, who needs that?  Instead, let’s focus on wrapping up our Top 20 Greatest Posters of 2012 list.

Confused?  Everyone who missed Part One can get caught up on the back half of our list here.  Once you’ve done that, check out our next round of picks (some of which might surprise you) by clicking the link below.  Who made the cut?  And who’s probably gonna end up being named Poster MVP, 2012?  Meet me after the jump to find out more, Princess.

Over 80 Pictures from GALLERY 1988′s Tribute to Judd Apatow Art Show Inspired by a Comedic Producer

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Last night, Gallery 1988 opened a cool new art show that focused on the many Judd Apatow movies and TV shows.   If you’re in the L.A. area and want to see artwork inspired by Freaks and Geeks, Anchorman, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Walk Hard, Funny People, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and more from his great resume, I suggest heading over to the Melrose Gallery before December 30 (it’s open Wednesday – Sunday, 11-6 PM).  However, for those that won’t be able to make the show, I took over 80 pictures and shot almost everything on display.  Hit the jump for more.

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